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Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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“If only you could lick the pages of this slim, one-subject volume.”—Tampa Bay Times
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With two successful cookbooks in print ("Marshmallow Madness!" and "Pure Vanilla") and "Real Sweet" to be published by HarperCollins in Spring 2015; Piece of Cake, an award-winning baking blog; numerous television and radio appearances; and recipes and expert baking tips featured in publications like O Magazine, USA Weekend, Woman's World, Fine Cooking, and more, Shauna is matching her skills and her passion to make baking accessible to everyone.
As a home baking expert, she's appeared on Food Network, Better TV, Good Day L.A., WGN Chicago, and many more. Her baking-related videos for outlets such as CHOW.com, eHowFood, and Kin Eats have attracted more than 1 million YouTube views. She currently pops into more than 20 million homes each week as the host of "Cooking Light" on Portico TV.
Before pursuing a career in food, Shauna graduated with a degree in Journalism from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. After working as a television host and entertainment correspondent for the likes of Extra, TV Guide Network, and Reelz Channel and interviewing countless celebrities on the red carpet and beyond, she followed her sweet tooth into the world of baking and desserts. Soon after, she launched her blog and became a recipe writer for a Michelin-starred chef, and continued on as a TV host for food-related segments.
When not writing, baking, or spending time with her husband and their little girl and baby boy, Shauna can be found hunting for great pastries and kitchen gadgetry, and running the hills of San Francisco. She covets bowls that nest, cookbooks old and new, hot coffee and cold cocktails, laughing so hard that no sound comes out, and singing loudly to classic rock.
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Before launching into her original recipes, Shauna encapsulates an almost 400-year history of the vanilla bean into nine points, taking the reader from the Aztecs conquering the Totonac Indians of Mexico in 1519 to Thomas Jefferson, then the U.S. ambassador to France, carrying a bundle of beans home to Monticello in 1789. In 1841 the 12-year-old son of a slave devised a way of hand-pollinating vanilla orchids; his process is still employed today.
She details the various forms of vanilla - yes, you can get it in more than just beans and extracts - provides tasting notes, and fields FAQs: Why is vanilla so expensive? How do I store vanilla? And what is French vanilla?
Her writing is accessible, her directions clear, and her recipes inspiring. I find this book to be pure inspiration. I'm looking forward to trying her Tangy Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta and will certainly be toasting with a Vanilla Martini at some time in the near future.
If you want to learn more about vanilla and get inspired in the kitchen, check out Shauna Sever's Pure Vanilla. It's truly delicious!
For bakers that don't have a ready supply of beans on hand there is a conversion chart so you can still indulge in the delicious recipes using pure vanilla extract which is readily available in stores. Please, PLEASE use PURE extract. The artificial stuff will just ruin a good recipe and when your treat is all about the vanilla you want the flavor to be true. It is worth the money to buy as good as you can afford so that your baked goods sing with real vanilla flavor.
The book is broken down into sensible chapters with recipes therein using all of the vanilla products. Ms. Sever first explains vanilla, its origins and the reasonings behind using each vanilla enhancement. The recipes are well thought out and easy to follow. I can see myself turning to this book over and over again for baked goods to complement chocolate offerings on dessert buffets. It's a great book to add to a baker's cookbook library.
Thank you Matt from Baked Bakery for the recommendation.
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My mom got this for me for my birthday and I can't wait to bake something out of it. The recipes look very yummy! The print and pictures are very nice and very easy to understand.Published 1 month ago by Tammy Topham
This cookbook differentiates distinctive types of vanilla. Awesome recipes either sweet or few savory.Published 4 months ago by doraima
The author does a good job of explaining the different types of vanilla and how and where it grows and is harvested. Interesting but I don't think it was worth the price. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Suzie 777
This book was so informative and chock full of great recipes!Published 10 months ago by Cupcake lover